First day of school at Ocean Park Elementary School
September 5, 2017, 8:00 AM
Regular Schedule
Office Hours
  • Tuesday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Thursday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Friday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Sunday Service
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  August 2017  
Contact: Larry & Cat Shaver

Supper for the Five Thousand

Mark 6: 35-36When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough— it was now quite in the day—they interrupted: "We are a long way out in the country, and it's very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper 37Jesus said, "You do it. Fix supper for them." They replied, "Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?" 38But he was quite serious…they all ate their fill.”



Many families struggle to eat healthy meals and snacks every day. Food-4- Kids Backpacks is a free ministry. It is an effort by the Peninsula Community, sponsored by Ocean Park United Methodist Church in Ocean Park, Washington to help children eat more healthy meals and snacks through their local elementary school. 


History of the Program

The concept for a backpack club was started in 1995 by an Arkansas school nurse. Working with a local Little Rock food bank, the nurse and a group of volunteers began sending food home with needy children. After being teased for being poor, the volunteers began putting the food in backpacks to make it less conspicuous.


How Food-4-Kids Backpacks Works

Each Friday afternoon elementary school children receive a backpack of healthy food and snacks. On Monday the child returns the empty backpack to their school nurse or the office to be restocked with food for the following Friday. Food-4-Kids backpacks may include the following items: cereal, breakfast bars, oatmeal, juice, tuna kits, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter crackers, soup, apple sauce, fruit cups, ravioli, vegetables, milk, and other nutritious food, see list on back of brochure.

We send 6 balanced meals, 6 healthy snacks,along with Fresh Milk and Fresh Fruit in every pack for each child.


Who Can Participate?

In January 2011, Food-4-Kids Backpacks began working with families at the OP elementary school.  Low income families should contact their elementary school principal to find out if they qualify for the program.  Program participation will be kept as confidential as possible. A parent or guardian must return a signed permission form for their child to participate. This form is available from their elementary school principal.


Program Partners


Food-4-Kids Backpacks is supported by the Peninsula Community, Ocean Park United Methodist Church, Ocean Park Elementary School, many other businesses along the Peninsula, and many donations from individuals who support Food-4-Kids Backpacks.


How Can I help?

Food-4-Kids Backpacks needs volunteers to pack and deliver backpacks on a weekly basis during the school year. This happens at the UMC church at 11:00am every Thursday morning. You can go to the store and buy items on our list and drop them at the church or at one of the many dropoff points on the Peninsula. Here is a list. 



Needed Food Items in Individual Serving Sizes


V-8 Juice or 100% Orange Juice
Hot Chocolate – sugar fee
Oatmeal (Box with Individual Packages)
Cold Cereal non sugar
Granola Bars/Breakfast Bars
Peanut Butter/Jelly
Fruit Cups/Canned Fruit/fresh fruit
Canned Chili
Tuna Kits
Macaroni and Cheese Singles
Top Ramen
Spagettios or Ravioli
Chicken or Vegetable Soup
Canned Vegetables
Pudding cups/ Apple Sauce
Single Serving Unrefrigerated Milk



Financial donations can be sent to;


Ocean Park United Methodist Church

 P.O. Box 326 

Ocean Park, WA. 98640




For more information on the Food-4-Kids Backpacks please email


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